If there's one thing we can always count on to be there in our time of need, it's Netflix. The platform is the fastest growing streaming site in the world, servicing 190 countries with 85 million monthly members. Original series like Stranger Things, Marvel's Luke Cage, Daredevil and House of Cards have earned the platform a place alongside HBO, FX and Fox as a leading producer of original content. Not only that, but Netflix can afford to stream and continue popular television shows from other leading networks.
The streaming giant announced that they planned to spend upwards of $6 billion on original programming in 2017, including 70 brand new originals. Let's take a look at what we know they're going to be spending it on. Here are the new Netflix original series to look forward to.
Netflix Originals Returning In 2017:
Stranger Things (Season 2) - October 31, 2017
One of the most anticipated Netflix Originals is Season 2 of #StrangerThings. The nostalgic science fiction show will arrive Halloween 2017.
Orange is the New Black (Season 5) - June 9, 2017
You can always guarantee your June binge-watching cravings will be satisfied with Orange is the New Black, which has been renewed right up until Season 7. According to Danielle Brooks who plays Tasty, Season 5 will be set over the course of three days, and will be "very intense."
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Season 3) - May 19, 2017
Season 3 of Tina Fey's hilarious comedy is returning to Netflix in May! The show follows former 'mole woman' Kimmy as she adapts to her new life in New York.
Narcos (Season 3) - TBA
Season 3 of one of the most exciting shows on #Netflix will drop some time in 2017, and this little teaser has definitely piqued our interest!
Chelsea (Season 2) - April 14, 2017
Chelsea Handler's Netflix-only talk show has been renewed for — get this — 90 more episodes!
Lady Dynamite (Season 2) - TBA
Maria Bamford's surreal comedy about fame and mental health will return to Netflix for Season 2 next year.
Making a Murderer (Season 2) - TBA
Longmire (Season 6) - TBA
The neo-western series will return for its sixth and final series some time in 2017.
Master of None (Season 2) - TBA
Aziz Ansari's critically acclaimed comedy show will return to Netflix (despite delays) in 2017.
House of Cards (Season 5) - May 30, 2017
Netflix's first original series #HouseOfCards will return for Season 5 early next year — sadly, without Mahershala Ali's Remy Denton.
The Crown (Season 2) - TBA
Netflix ordered 6 seasons of The Crown before Season 1 aired; however, Matt Smith and Claire Foy are rumored to be leaving after Season 2.
The Get Down (Part 2 of Season 1) - TBA
The second part of the Baz Luhrmann musical drama will arrive sometime in 2017.
Sense8 (Season 2) - May 5, 2017
Progressive sci-fi Sense8 will return in 2017, with some directorial and cast changes.
Haters Back Off (Season 2) - 2017
Colleen Ballinger confirmed a second season of Haters Back Off on her Instagram at the end of last year. The show follows the delusional YouTube sensation Miranda Sings in her quest for fame and fortune.
The OA (Season 2) - 2017/2018
#TheOA arrived last last year and blew us out of the water with its complicated maze of time, reality and inter-dimensional angels. Season 2 has been confirmed, so all those burning questions we have might finally be answered.
The Ranch (Season 2) - TBA
Bojack Horseman (Season 4) - TBA
Real Rob (Season 2) - TBA
Scream (Season 3) - TBA
Cuckoo (Season 4) - TBA
Chef's Table (Season 4) - TBA
Grace & Frankie (Season 3) - TBA
Brand New Netflix Originals (2017)
One Day at a Time - January 6, 2017
The first Netflix Original to arrive in 2017 was One Day at a Time, a sitcom set in 1975 which will follow a recently single Cuban-American former military mom (Justina Machado) as she navigates single life while raising her difficult teenage daughter (Isabella Gomez) and pre-teen son (Marcel Ruiz).
Frontier - January 6, 2017
Jason Momoa's period drama Frontier — about the North American fur trade industry of the 1700s — is now available to stream on Netflix.
A Series of Unfortunate Events - January 13, 2017
Lemony Snicket's miserable book series arrived on Netflix back in January. Starring Neil Patrick Harris, #ASOUE is one of the platform's most expensive productions to date, and 2 more seasons look set to follow.
Marvel's Iron Fist - March 17, 2017
The final piece of the Defenders puzzle arrives on Netflix in March, and will introduce Finn Jones as Danny Rand, a.k.a. Iron Fist.
Marvel's The Defenders - TBA
The most hotly anticipated Netflix Original is Marvel's Defenders, which will see the team up of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, as they battle to save New York (and/or the world) from a deadly threat.
Marvel's Punisher - TBA
Also arriving in 2017 is the solo outing of the biggest, baddest antihero in the Marvel/Netflix universe: Jon Bethnal's Punisher. It's unconfirmed if he will be in The Defenders, but expect him to have a whole explosive season to himself come 2017.
Dear White People - TBA
Based on the Justin Simien's 2014 crowdfunded movie of the same name, Dear White People is a socio-political comedy which will follow a diverse group of individuals of color and the tensions they face attending a predominantly white Ivy League college.
Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later - TBA
The star-studded comedy returns following the success of 2001's Wet Hot American Summer prequel, First Day At Camp.
Dark - Winter 2017
The first German production for the platform comes in the form of Dark, which opens with the (possibly supernatural) disappearance of three children, and where they end up.
Suburra - TBA
Netflix's first ever Italian-language series a continuation of a 2015 movie of the same name, and is a hard crime thriller that will guarantee some serious binge-watching when it's released later this year. The title refers to a district where Ancient Roman politicians, the church and criminals met to make deals. The trailer for the movie is above.
Ozark - Late 2017
Ozark is a change of pace for Jason Bateman, who stars in the Netflix original drama as a man who moves to the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri, and is thrown into the dangerous world of drug-money laundering, crime and narcotics.
Gypsy - TBA
Naomi Watts stars in the psychological thriller Gypsy, a 10-episode series following a therapist who develops dangerous and intimate relationships with the people in her patients’ lives. Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson is directing the first two episodes.
Bill Nye Saves The World - TBA
The success of Chelsea has opened the door for other personalities to take a stab at their very own Netflix talkshows. Bill Nye Saves the World will use the show to debunk myths and refute anti-scientific claims from politicians, religious leaders and industry bigwigs.
13 Reasons Why - March 31, 2017
Based on the 2007 novel by Jay Asher, 13 Reasons Why follows high school student Clay as he receives a shoebox full of cassette tapes from his classmate and crush Hannah, who explains how he and 12 others played a role in her suicide. The show is produced by #SelenaGomez.
Mindhunter - October 2017
Starring Jonathon Groff and set in 1979, Mindhunter is based on the book Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit. You know it's going to be good when it's executively produced by Charlize Theron and Fight Club director David Fincher.
Anne - TBA
A new series based on the 1908 novel 'Anne of Green Gables.'
Atypical - TBA
Upcoming sitcom about a family with an autistic child.
Greenhouse Academy - TBA
Young cast confirmed for series set in a boarding school in the American south.
Buddy Thunderstruck - TBA
Stop-motion comedy about a racing dog.
Girlboss - TBA
Comedy starring Britt Robertson as an anarchist turned C.E.O.
Santa Clarita Diet - February 3, 2017
Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant star as a married couple who work as real estate agents in Santa Clarita, California... with one hell of a secret.
El Chapo - TBA
New drama based on the life story of notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán.
Big Mouth - TBA
An "edgy, surreal animated comedy which chronicles adventures in puberty of two best friends".
Kiss Me First - TBA
Written by Skins's Bryan Elsley, this E4/Netflix thriller is an adaption of Lottie Moggach’s young adult novel of the same name. The six hour-long episodes will tell the story of Leila, a lonely 17-year-old girl who is addicted to fictional online gaming.
Mystery Science Theater 3000 - TBA
Joel Hodgson's Kickstarter campaign to bring back the TV cult classic broke records earlier this year. It will debut on Netflix in 2017.
Watership Down - TBA
That's right — Netflix is about to remake the tragic animated movie Watership Down for a whole new generation in 2017.
The Worst Witch - TBA
Based on the books by author Jill Murphy, Netflix's The Worst Witch will introduce the world to Mildred Hubble, the least talented witch at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches.
Horse Mystery (Untitled) - TBA
Horse Mystery is not its real title, but the show will follow 15-year-old Zoe, and the special bond she shares with a dangerous horse named Raven.
Friends From College - TBA
Keegan-Michael Key, #ColbieSmulders, and Fred Savage star in a show about a couple who reunite with their friends from college.
Expected To Start/Continue
Marvel's Jessica Jones (Season 2) - 2018
Thanks to the busy Marvel/Netflix schedule, Jessica Jones Season 2 has been confirmed, but put on the back-burner for the time being. Having said this, Krysten Ritter's Jones will likely play a big role in the upcoming Defenders series.
Marvel's Daredevil (Season 3) - 2018
Much-like Jessica Jones, Daredevil Season 3 is confirmed, but won't appear in 2017 due to Iron Fist, The Punisher and The Defenders dominating Marvel Netflix's schedule.
Marvel's Luke Cage (Season 2) - Unknown
There is no official confirmation that Luke Cage has bagged a second season, but with the success of Season 1, it's very likely he will return — but not until the end of 2018/19.
From Dusk Till Dawn (Season 4) - Unknown
Rumors are flying about whether or not the vampy series will be renewed for another season — Netflix have yet to make a decision on its future.
Arrested Development (Season 5) - 2018
Despite the fact we're still waiting on confirmation that Season 5 of the cult classic has been green-lit, it is rumored to be shooting in early 2017, which would likely mean a late-2017 or 2018 release.
Black Mirror (Season 4) - 2017/18
Black Mirror Season 3 was unleashed just a month ago, but Netflix originally issued 12 episodes, of which we've seen only six. Expect brand new episodes of the dystopian drama at any time in 2017 or 2018. Jodie Foster has also been called in to direct one of them!
UPDATE: Maniac - Unknown
True Detective and Beasts of No Nation director #CaryFukunaga's new series Maniac was picked up by Netflix in January 2016. Based on a Norwegian series of the same name, the show stars Jonah Hill as a man who lives a fantasy reality in his head, but is really in a mental institution. It's also set to co-star Emma Stone. The series was rumored to be released this year, but has likely been pushed back to 2017/18.
As we can see, Netflix is really stepping up their game in the next year, and this is only a selection of the 70 new dramas, comedies and documentaries they plan on adding. In fact, expect 1000 hours of brand new content in the next 12 months. We will keep this page updated with dates as and when they come in, and if you feel anything is missing, please let us know in the comments!